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The world famous "Cow Parade" exhibition has finally come to Buenos Aires. You can see the 40 cows painted by local artists along and around Puerto Madero from March til June 2006.
Address: Puerto Madero
La Viruta is a pretty popular place that opens every day and offers tango, rock and roll and salsa lessons the first few hours and then there's practice. The lessons are divided in elementary, intermediate and advanced, and in the practice you can find from a total rookie to an expert. The people's ages range from 25 to 75 and the ticket is just 15 pesos (5 dollars). No need to dress up! Just wear comfy clothes and shoes! From 9 o'clock onwards. But check the schedules in the website! There's an English version as well.
Address: Armenia 1366, Palermo area.
Directions: It's located in a basement, inside an Armenian school.
This is the second longest avenue in Buenos Aires. It's mainly famous because the most important theatres are located here, in a way it's our version of Brodway! :)
It's always packed with people, during daytime because it's located right in downtown, and at night with people who walk along it browsing the bookshops that are open until late hours or having dinner in one of the many restaurants. Most of them have existed for over 50 years, and still preserve the same ambiance and waiters!
Directions: There are many B line subway stations on this avenue.
Every time I see Tango in a film it's always the same picture: a man or woman bitting a red rose and walking up and down the dancefloor with the arms stretched to the sides... what the hell...??? Tango is definitely NOT that, Tango is really passionate and it's about conecting with your partner. Not many people dance tango here, or at least good tango! Whenever you go to a Milonga (that's where amateurs go to tango) don't even try! All the people who fo there are experts.
There are many couples dancing tango along Florida street and in San Telmo area, and they are all really good.
La Viruta could be an option if you want to take a few steps, as they have classes before the Milonga starts.
Check the site below to watch REAL tango!
Other Contact: www.laviruta.com.ar
I highly recommend visiting this cemetery while in Recoleta (Plaza Francia area). There are no graves here but mausoleums made of granite or marble. The architecture is really superb and the cemetery is quite well-kept. Whole families rest here. You can get a glimpse of the coffins through the glass windows, some of them are really dusty as not all the relatives of those buried there take care of them.
There are guided tours, one of them is about love stories concerning some of the people resting in the cemetery.
Evita (Eva Perón) is buried here, and so are many Argentine historic figures like Domingo F. Sarmiento, who opened the first school in the country.
Most of them have been there for more than a century! The branches are so long and heavy that you'll see some woodden sticks that have been placed under it to hold them up.
There are many benches under them where couples hang out.
Address: In Plaza Francia, Recoleta.
9 de Julio Avenue
This is one of the most important avenues in Buenos Aires. The Obelisco, our most characteristic monument, is located there. If you walk to the east, you'll get to the French embassy, which is a beautiful building. Next to it, there's a famous mansion which was turned into a hotel. Many stars who visited the city have stayed there.
There are almost no shops here, most of the buildings are offices or embassies.
Caminito, in La Boca neighbourhood
This is one of the classic places to go. The catch is the colorful houses which used to be ghettos in the past for the immigrants coming from Europe. Most of them Spanish, Italian and German.
Why are the houses painted like tha you may ask? Well, in the past the people who lived there didn't have enough money to paint their houses. So they used to go to the dock (a few meters away) and ask the people working with the ships to give them some of the paint they used for the ships. So they would get a bit of orange, a bit of blue, a bit of red, etc. That's why they had to paint their housed with different colours.
As you may imagine nowadays this houses are still painted like that because they have a sponsor: Alba, the most famous paint brand.
Walking around caminito and perhaps going into the shops and having a look at the market, will not take you more than 2 hours. After that you might want to visit the Boca Juniors football stadium, 8 blocks away. If this is the case try to get a taxi to go there, just in case. La Boca is a poor neighbourhood so you don't want to run any risks.
Also you may want to visit the Quinquela Martin museum, a few meters away from Caminito. This painter is one of our most important. He used to paint scenes from the dock.
Oh, for you to get into the mood beforehand: the oudor of the river (Riachuelo) there is unbearable sometimes! But you get used to it after the first 10 minutes! :)
Address: La Boca neighbourhood.
Directions: You can get there with the 152 bus. You can't get lost as it leaves you right at the beginning of Caminito.
The volunteers of this non-profit organization walk you along the streets of Buenos Aires telling you its history. It is sponsored by the Government and the groups are not bigger than 8 people.
Visit their webpage and take a look!
Ateneo is one of the most important bookshops in Argentina. This branch is particularly special as it is located in what used to be a theatre, but one of the old types, with a horse-shoe shape and two stories of circles overlooking the main area.
The stage has been replaced by a nice and quiet bar where a pianist plays at the weekends.
Address: Av. Santa Fe 1680
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